Mrs. Tricia Payne was born in Summit, New Jersey, and moved to Bardstown when she was a teenager. Mrs. Payne has a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of the Cumberlands. She and her husband, Joel, have one son named David who attends St. Joseph School, and a daughter, Vera. Mrs. Payne also has nine brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews, several of whom attend St. Joseph.
Before coming to St. Joseph, Mrs. Payne worked at the Lexington Public Library and then at the Nelson County Public Library as a Reference Librarian and Technology Coordinator. Her favorite sports team is the University of Kentucky Wildcats. She loves to read (of course!) and to do just about anything outdoors. Her favorite childhood memory is going to the beach with her family. Her parents are a positive influence in her life because they always stay true to their beliefs and values. Seeing children get excited about what they’re reading is her favorite thing about teaching. Her favorite quote is by Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, author, and former slave: “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”